Special Report

States Where Teachers Are Paid the Most and Least

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35. Tennessee
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $54,097
> Avg salary, all workers: $45,650 — 12th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $14,485 — 4th lowest
> Teacher employment: 64,550 (47.4% elementary, 20.5% middle, 32.1% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 90.0% — 5th highest
> Cost of living: 10.1% lower than nat’l avg. — 14th lowest

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34. Maine
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $54,629
> Avg salary, all workers: $48,470 — 21st lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $20,243 — 25th highest
> Teacher employment: 14,410 (40.1% elementary, 22.4% middle, 37.5% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 86.7% — 22nd highest
> Cost of living: same as than nat’l avg. — 16th highest

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33. South Carolina
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $54,808
> Avg salary, all workers: $44,380 — 7th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $19,374 — 22nd lowest
> Teacher employment: 46,390 (48.6% elementary, 21.1% middle, 30.3% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 81.0% — 8th lowest
> Cost of living: 8.9% lower than nat’l avg. — 18th lowest

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32. Iowa
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $55,028
> Avg salary, all workers: $47,330 — 17th lowest
> 2017 school spending per student: $22,008 — 18th highest
> Teacher employment: 38,590 (48.5% elementary, 20.5% middle, 31.0% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 91.4% — the highest
> Cost of living: 10.8% lower than nat’l avg. — 11th lowest

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31. Colorado
> Avg teacher salary, adjusted to cost of living: $55,263
> Avg salary, all workers: $57,690 — 9th highest
> 2017 school spending per student: $19,129 — 21st lowest
> Teacher employment: 56,300 (45.7% elementary, 23.1% middle, 31.2% high school)
> High school graduation rate: 80.8% — 7th lowest
> Cost of living: 1.9% greater than nat’l avg. — 13th highest